tap


tap
tap vb Tap, knock, rap, thump, thud can mean, as verbs, to strike or hit audibly or, as nouns, the sound or effect produced by such striking or hitting.
Tap implies a light blow usually repeated (as to attract attention to one's presence, needs, or wishes)
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tap at her door

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tapping on the window

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she tapped her pencil on the desk for order

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Knock implies a more forcible blow than tap, often a pounding or hammering (as on a door to call attention to one's need for admittance or on a person's body or head in an attack or a collision)
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there came a heavy knock on the door

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the messenger knocked loudly to awaken us

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In extended use knock may imply a sound or an effect that suggests a knocking
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an automobile engine may knock because of uneven combustion

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Rap suggests a smart, vigorous striking (as with the knuckles) on a hard surface so as to produce a sharp, quick sound or succession of sounds
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the chairman rapped sharply for order

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a rap at the door

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In extended use rap implies utterance that comes as quick and as sharp as rapping
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rap out a series of commands

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the tired businessman . . . wants his poems snapped at him, rapped at him— Lowes

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Thump implies the dull, heavy, yet resonant sound made by something that pounds or beats (as the fist upon a table or heavy feet upon the ground) or by something that pulsates forcibly and noisily
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hear the thump of many feet

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the thumping of a big drum

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the thump of a boat against the pier

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everybody's heart was thumping as hard as possible— Thackeray

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Thud places more emphasis upon the sound made than upon the action which produces it and carries a less strong suggestion of repetition; also, it more often suggests the sound made by something falling and striking than by something being struck; otherwise it differs only by suggesting a flatter or hollower and less resonant sound than thump
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the dull thud of a heavy body striking the floor

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a bullet thudded into the wall above meHubert Wales

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Analogous words: *strike, smite: *beat
tap n rap, knock, thump, thud (see under TAP vb)

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